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Lady Vols take final home game David Cobb Staff Writer A chapter ended in the Lady Vols history book on Sunday as No. 9 Tennessee defeated Florida 75-59 to close out the regular season. The victory marked the last time five Lady Vol seniors would take the court at Thompson-Boling Arena. It was also the last chance the team had to solidify its position in the conference standings. With the win, UT (21-8, 12-4 SEC) secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament that begins Thursday. “I just knew that we had to win,” senior forward Glory Johnson said. “There was no other option. We couldn’t take another loss.” Johnson posted a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds in front of a home crowd of 18,563. The Webb School graduate scored the Lady Vols’ first basket and sparked a 150 run early in the first half as a seniorsonly UT starting lineup jumped on the Gators 15-3. Florida (18-11, 8-8 SEC) had closed the gap to 33-25, when UT freshman point guard Ariel Massengale drove coast-to-coast and dished to Johnson who scored as time expired in the first half. “They got us off to a great start,” associate head coach Holly Warlick said of the starters. “They had a lot of pride in wearing the Tennessee orange, so I’m excited for them.” Massengale amassed five assists, giv-

ing her 137 on the season, a UT freshman record. Her drive-and-pass set up senior forward Alicia Manning ’s jump shot that extended the UT lead to 72-57 with 1:13 to go in the game. The basket gave the Lady Vols their largest lead of the game. Eight seconds later Johnson and Manning were given a standing ovation as they checked out of a home game for the final time. “I was just excited,” Manning said. “Our fans have been with us through everything. I personally felt like I owed it to them.” Manning posted 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and a block. The Woodstock, Ga. native has averaged 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season. “It was good to get this one under my belt heading into the SEC tournament,” Manning said. Senior Shekinna Stricklen, reigning SEC Player of the Week, pitched in 15 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Meighan Simmons was the fourth Lady Vol in double figures with 12 points. “All of our underclassmen are very close with our seniors,” Simmons said. “They set a very good example for us. “We act goofy off the court. People don’t know it, but we are always together. For me, it’s an emotional moment because I know that these girls are going on to bigger and better things, and I wish the best for all of them.” UT will begin SEC Tournament play on Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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Cierra Burdick hauls in a rebound during a game against Florida on Sunday. With all five seniors in the starting lineup, the Lady Vols routed the Gators on Senior Day, 75-59.

Center provides Debate team thrives at state LGBT support, acceptance Deborah Ince Staff Writer In recent years, the Tennessee Speech and Debate Society has striven to extend its reputation as a competitive organization, both on campus at UT and in the national debating arena. This semester, the organization’s team of about 20 undergraduate students has garnered a reputation for being one of the most successful teams in the state of Tennessee and is the only school in the country to host a completely student-led tournament without a coach. Competing in the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) State tournament Feb. 18-19, the team was named state champions in debate sweep-

stakes. Without even competing in the second day of the competition, the team also managed a third-place finish in overall sweepstakes, which combines the scores from individual event sweepstakes and debate sweepstakes. Nathan Johnston, president of Tennessee Speech and Debate Society, expressed his elation over his team’s performance. “We had our strongest showing at state ever and the strongest showing of any team in the history of TIFA,” Johnston said. “This is especially impressive because one, we didn’t even compete in individual events and still placed, and two, usually Tennessee State, Belmont and Carson-Newman are the top 3 in overall. This is the first time that someone other than those three is in the top three in overall sweepstakes in at least the last three years, maybe longer. I could not be

more proud of our team.” Out of the eight pairs of teams that competed, five advanced to out rounds to compete for the state title, an impressive feat for any team that competes without a coach. In the novice division, the team of Brandon Carpenter and Jacob Gibson were octafinalists, while Drew Street and Matt Smith advanced to the semifinal round and Jacob Clabo and his partner Nichole Indelicato garnered a second-place finish. “We did great!” Smith, senior in marketing, said about his and Street’s performance. “If we had gone to the next round we would have split for first with Nichole and Jacob.” Indelicato, freshman in engineering, was elated at having advanced so far in her first state tournament. See DEBATE TEAM on Page 3

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Students wait outside Hess Hall after a fire alarm was raised on Tuesday.

Justin Joo Staff Writer On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the OUTreach LGBT & Ally Resource Center threw an open-house party to celebrate its two-year anniversary. Donna Braquet, coordinator at the resource center and associate professor, was thrilled with the occasion. “It’s really exciting that we’ve been open for two years,” Braquet said. “When we first opened in 2010 it felt kind of historic.” Last year, the celebration lasted for only two hours, which led to crowding troubles due to all of the LGBTQ supporters coming to the center to give support. This year, the party was an open house that ran from noon to 5 p.m. That way, friends and supporters of the center could come and go throughout the day. Braquet said that faculty, students and the “regulars” attended the celebration throughout the day. “People came in, they chatted with everyone here,” Braquet said. “We had an anniversary cake. It was really just a nice time.” Now past its first two years, Braquet said the center is looking into the year ahead. One of its major goals is to find more funding, particularly so that the center can be open more hours. “But we know that in this economy that can be tough,” Braquet said. “It’s hard on all

the university departments right now.” Today, the only money the center receives from the university comes from the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People. Additional funding comes from private donations made by supporters of the center. The existence of a place like the resource center is a pleasant surprise for Braquet and her colleagues. She recalled her own college experience when she came out. Things weren’t nearly as supportive or positive as they are now. “I’ve been here at UT for 8 years, and many of my colleagues have been here even longer … and we just think that being here is a major accomplishment,” she said. That two-year existence of support is the core of the center, Braquet said. “Just knowing that there is a place for (LGBTQ students), where they can be themselves and know that they’re in a safe and supportive environment, goes a long way,” Braquet said. “And having it here on campus shows to them that UT and the administration support them.” Students like Cole Garner, who identifies as bisexual, think parties like this are a sign of progress and acceptance. “It puts the university in a very modern place, and just that the university is very in touch with a lot of social issues and social freedoms.” Garner, senior in psychology, said. See LGBTQ on Page 3


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Members of the UT Dance Team sing and sway to Tennessee’s Alma Mater after a game against South Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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Freshman perspective on SGA Dear editor, From the freshman perspective, this whole SGA business is really quite interesting. In high school, SGA campaigns are truly a popularity contest and the club (because it is considered to be a club by most high schools) is virtually a resume filler. As far as I can tell, the current UT legislative body decided to extend this tradition into higher education. What bothers me, and obviously bothers upperclassmen as well, is the perpetual and apparent ineffectiveness of the current and past SGA. I have asked a few of my peers about their thoughts on the organization, and the responses ranged from “Yeah, I heard they are really useless” to “What is SGA?”, with little in between. After a full semester in college, intelligent and informed students still have no idea what their peers in SGA are doing (or, more aptly, not doing) for the University of Tennessee. SGA needs to stop acting like an elitist club and start telling the student body that they are supposed to serve how they can improve our school. All of these major decisions are being made (*cough* Big Ideas) that, as far as I can tell, have not included the input of students. Where was SGA? Did they help pick out the new fonts and just don’t want to tell anyone? I just got out of high school; why would I want to go back to being submissive to an administration? I’m paying a lot of money for this and I need someone to represent me and my interests the next time someone makes a decision to spend my money. SGA has the potential to be the mouthpiece for the general student body; they live in dorms with us, take classes with us and eat in our cafeterias. They know what student life is like and they know our needs. I’m glad elections are coming up. I want a new SGA that isn’t afraid to make demands and offer a dissenting opinion the next time UT has $85,000 to blow. Alexandra P. Chiasson Class of 2015 English, Chinese achiasso@utk.edu

Problem with Sorority Village Dear Editor, Every time I pass the “almost done” Sorority Village, I get angry — not because I am antiGreek or a GDI at heart, but because the community is built over a Civil War encampment site. Granted, there are plenty of Civil War encampment sites around Knoxville and I don’t doubt many of them have been reduced to parking lots. However, with this site being so close to the University of Tennessee I would think it would have been preserved as a teaching/learning site. As a history major, I am sorely disappointed that the Almighty Dollar has spoken louder than the faint whispers of those who gave their lives for the cause of states’ rights. Many Civil War battle and encampment sites are losing the fight of preservation to bloated pocketbooks of uncaring developers. It’s sad that this site has also been allowed to succumb to the same fate. Connie Mroz Graduate in history cmroz1@utk.edu.

Procrastination problematic Procrastination is like the flu; there are a lot of steps that can be taken toward prevention, but sometimes it hits anyway. This rings especially true for college students, who often balance classes, study, jobs, extra-curricular activities and in most cases, a social life. As the article “Prioritize to avoid procrastination” points out, starting a 10-page paper the night before the deadline can sometimes benefit the quality. Some people have stronger drive, motivation and focus in stressful situations. And although many history-changing events were developed under the pressure of an impending deadline, most college students create English papers, not atomic bombs. Procrastination may increase productivity or even last-minute creativity, but the health-related issues far outweigh any advantages. In reality, pulling an all-nighter to grind out an assignment is detrimental not only to the student’s GPA, but also to their mental and physical health. Procrastination may seem like a time-efficient practice, but with a well-planned and prioritized schedule, time can be effectively managed by pin-pointing previously wasted gaps between classes and other activities. Regardless of preparation, procrastination still sneaks into the most strategically-planned schedules, especially as the semester comes to a close. However, as the article states, with proper prioritization and periods of relaxation, the full-force flu of procrastination can be substituted for a mild case of the sniffles. Jacob Lambert Class of 2015 Mathematics jlambe17@utk.edu


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both individuals pick the debate topic from five assigned and have 30 minutes to prepare for the side they are given to defend. “I think we will do quite well in nationals,” Johnston said. “We train our debaters to be good speakers and to be rhetorically based to begin with. So I think we will transition to this

Speech and Debate Society has already garnered national recognition and was personally invited to compete in the national IPDA tournament, all expenses paid. continued from Page 1 “They called us and were like, ‘Listen, you guys are good. “I was really excited,” Indelicato said. “Every single time Come to our tournament,’” Hinton said. “Usually with a they said our name I freaked out. I knew my team was really national tournament there are a lot of qualification processes, proud of me, and I was really excited about breakbut with this we just got all that waived for us, and ing that far for the first time.” they’re just going to bring us down, no competiIn the varsity division, the team of Jordan tion fees or anything.” Smith and Spencer Hinton advanced to quarterfiMember-funded, student-led and competitive nals, while Johnston, who competed maverick, to the end, the Tennessee Speech and Debate was a semifinalist and also named the state chamSociety is quickly building an impressive stat pion parliamentary debate speaker. sheet. “I feel like state went really well,” Hinton, “I want the campus to know as a whole that we sophomore in history, said. He is also the public are for real,” Hinton said. “In the past this organrelations and fundraising chair for the organizaization has been big, died, kind of got started tion. again, died again. Now it’s starting up again. I “We had a lot of new teams competing in the want people to know that we’re not a joke, and novice division who did really great,” he said. what we do is educational, and it’s helpful for peo“We broke three out of the five novice teams that ple in the future in interviews and other commuwe brought, and I felt like that was a huge success nications, especially with speaking skills. This is a for the team because they were all new. And then very good place to foster those skills.” that made me feel like I was accomplished To gain more recognition and increase its legitbecause I knew that I had helped them learn and imacy, the organization stresses the importance of grow, and that was the first time we’ve ever done growth, adding that it is always accepting new that well in a novice division of the state tournamembers. Meetings are every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in • Photo courtesy of utkdebate.com ment in debate. So, I think it went awesome.” HSS. The team is hoping that its success at the state Students in the UT Speech and Debate Society stand outside of competi“This team genuinely operates as a team,” tournament will propel it to be a tough contender tion for the Tennessee Intercollegiate Forensics Association State tourna- Johnston said. “We prep together, we are uplifting at the national IPDA tournament in April in ment, where the team placed third overall in only a single day of competi- to each other, humble, praiseworthy. Everyone is tion. Huntsville, Texas. everything and more than I could possibly hope for. To date, the team has only competed in NPDA Though I may not officially be the coach, I would parliamentary debate in which two two-person teams compete style of debate quite well. I expect around 40 schools from say that I am the proudest coach in the state of Tennessee. against one another, knowing the topic of the debate and the around the nation to compete at nationals. We know the com- Individually everyone works really hard and seems to want to side they must defend 15 minutes prior to the start of the petition will be very good, but I know we are very good as learn, and they enjoy the activity. Plus, the atmosphere of the round. well, so I think we will do great. I fully expect us to go there team, at tournaments and not, is awesome. Other teams are At nationals, the organization will be competing in IPDA and impress a lot of people.” too focused and stressed about winning. We seem to just want debate, a one-person versus one-person debate style in which Before even stepping foot into nationals, the Tennessee to argue with people, and we beat them.”

LGBTQ continued from Page 1 Garner has been coming to the center for a year and a half. He has also volunteered there for a semester. “It’s just a great place and a great resource,” Garner said. “It’s a great asset to the community.” Another student who appreciates the support of the OUTreach center is undecided freshman Robyn Dodd. She identifies as bisexual and is questioning the possibility of being transgender. “I actually went to high school and middle school in Knoxville,” Dodd said. “And UT, and especially with the OUTreach center,

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Members of Delta Gamma and Pi Kappa Phi sing during a New York City-themed performance at All Sing on Saturday. The 80th Anniversary of the event, which began in 1932, features student groups in a singing competition hosted by the All Campus Events committee.

is much, much better at acceptance. … It’s kind of like an oasis.” But it’s not just the LGBTQ aspect of the center that Dodd appreciates, but also how they accept another part of her personality. Dodd is autistic. “The people here are much more accepting of not just LGBT issues,” Dodd said. “They’re much more accepting of my social difficulties than other places. It’s great.” When asked if Dodd will continue to visit the center as she continues her college career, she smiled and nodded, “Yes, definitely.”


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OPINIONS

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Response to entering Syrian conflict Campbell’s argument from Feb. 21 suggests that U.S. attention is intervening in a foreign land when some segment of the population disagrees with the government and that we should change it by force. He suggests that Syria needs this without conclusive evidence of reported atrocities. The Free Syrian Army is likely not Syrian. The FSA is reportedly funded by outside sources (U.S., Israel, Turkey) with additional cheerleading coming from al-Zawhari of al-Qaeda. Should we really join forces with the people we have been fighting? I guess this would be our typical method. Isolationism is hardly a current trend; we are an interventionist society since Wilson or before in nearly all we do. Would you have called Jefferson or Washington isolationists? Avoiding the use of military might is not isolationism. Our military intervention (force) and foreign aid (bribery) are what we use to get what we want from a country. When that fails we change the regime — see Libya and Egypt. We intervene when we want something. Is our historic aid-giving what occurred during our 1953 involvement in Iran? We heard it would get worse in ’91 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. Part of the PR campaign involved the killing of babies as told by a young girl and it turned out to be false. We were urged to support a second effort in 2003 with regurgitated propaganda. Nothing was found and once again they blame it on bad intelligence, but mass graves were evidence Saddam was bad (now that we no longer had a use for him). Sadly, the mass graves were people our government said they would help overthrow Saddam’s secular regime, but we just let them get killed. Saddam was our friend aiding in our fight against Iran in the 1980’s even while human rights groups claimed he killed an estimated 13,000 of his own people, but we overlooked this because it suited our needs at the time. We overlook our murder-by-sanctions in Iraq that are estimated in the tens of thousands. Our government considered an attack on Syria after Iraq, but they feared the Muslim Brotherhood would take over. The MB is better organized and one of the larger factions in Syria. We are letting the MB gain control in Egypt and Libya. Making decisions based on reports from one or two sources, especially sources that are on a particular side of the fight is not a good idea. Our involvement in Libya was based mostly on the Libyan League for Human Rights run by Soliman Bouchuiguir who has said there is no evidence for his claims — all of which

were given to him by the National Transitional Council, i.e. the rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based out of London and AVAAZ (apparently funded by Soros) are supplying nearly all Syrian data — these are both supporting the ousting of Assad. Are we seeing another PR campaign for war like we saw previous to the Gulf War? Again we have dead babies, this time in Homs, and nothing gets both sides of the political aisle riled up like “human rights” abuses, especially dead babies. We have the Arab League Monitors in place now, but let’s hope this is not the CIA again like in Kosovo. This seems unlikely because the ALM final report shows many claims of atrocities to be false and it would be unlike our government to support a peaceful revolution. Since previous interventions have created additional long-term problems or allowed the U.S. government to overlook atrocities committed by temporary friends maybe this time we should go in based on facts. Or go in by the constitutionally required vote by Congress which is what Ron Paul would suggest? Unfortunately with our numerous intelligence agencies we never actually get all the facts until it is too late and often times it is our “intelligence” agencies fomenting and aiding the unrest. Many of the reported atrocious human rights violations are uncorroborated and accepted without the slightest amount of skepticism. Regime change in Syria is merely a stepping stone to attacking Iran, which is being pushed for through sanctions and priming the public through fear. While Iran may have issues it is a complying member of the IAEA and until this week has allowed inspections of all facilities. Our own intelligence agencies as well as the IAEA have stated that Iran has no bomb and is not likely seeking one. The answer is never simple, but you make it sound so simple by intervening for our interests rather than what the people of the said country may want. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and eventually those other problems in the Mideast (Syria and Iran) will no longer have secular governments, but come to be ruled by Sharia law or Sunni/Shi civil unrest. In Syria it would be Alawi/Sunni/Shia infighting. So, let’s join forces with al-Qaeda to overthrow a secular government. Then we should start preparing for the blowback ... again. Aaron Floden Class of 2009 Ecology and evolutionary biology graduate afloden@utk.edu

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Pornography bill hides real intention Off the Deep End by

Derek Mullins I support Internet child pornography. OK, before you flip out, call the cops and start searching sex offender registries for a match to the horrendous picture that appears on a weekly basis next to my left-of-center blatherings, please give me a moment so that I can make an attempt to explain myself. For the past few weeks, individuals who participated in the large-scale effort to defeat SOPA and PIPA before they ever really got off the ground have been participating in an equally large-scale back-patting session to congratulate themselves. After all, they stopped the greatest threat to the infringement of online privacy that has yet been seen, right? In the words of Lee Corso, a man who is quite infamous to Tennessee sports fans: “Not so fast, my friend!” Turns out that there is an equally if not more deadly threat lurking in the shadows that not only threatens to tear down whatever sense of confidentiality we might enjoy on the World Wide Web, but also stands to put SOPA and PIPA to shame should it ever manage to gain serious traction on Capitol Hill. That piece of legislation is the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. Like many incredibly moronic laws, PCFIPA arguably stems from the best of intentions. After all, I do not know anyone — other than those deviants who actually derive some joy from observing children being subjected to sexual abuse and manipulation — who actually actively supports the continued proliferation and distribution of child pornography. The problem arises from the fact that this particular proposal is not all that dissimilar from those two thankfully dead bills and the not-so-surprising idea that it originates from an ironically familiar source. It turns out that PCFIPA was written by Lamar S. Smith, a Republican representing San Antonio in the House of Representatives. What? That name does not ring a bell with you? Well, it should. Rep. Smith was the mastermind (and I use that term as loosely as I possibly can) and driving force behind SOPA in the House. That’s right. The dolt behind the Stop Internet Piracy Act and

the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 are one in the same. The main gist of PCFIPA is that it essentially forces Internet service providers to be proactive in the fight against child pornography. Sure, it seems like good ole Lamar has more of a problem with the Internet in general, but he has contended that the bill is a prerequisite to suppressing these materials from being spread through the proverbial sewers that lie beneath the information superhighway. So, what is it that has people up in arms? Well, a provision of the law would require Internet service providers to maintain records of their customers’ information and create logs that match that information with corresponding IP addresses. Your ISP would be required to retain your name, address, telephone number, credit card numbers and bank account numbers and make that information available to the federal government should they demand it (hopefully with warrant in hand). That does not seem harmful on its face, right? After all, should we not hope that ISPs would help to stop the distribution of kiddy porn? Well, that is debatable, but the worry is that the government will be able to utilize this tool to seize the information of people who have absolutely no association with the perversion in question. You can certainly count me in with the growing throngs who worry that this is a tool that could potentially be used for purposes other than aiding against kiddy porn distribution. Regardless of what administration is in office, there are several examples in recent history of the federal government bending the rules in order to utilize law enforcement measures that were meant for something else. Do not believe me? Check out the Patriot Act. Apart from the threat of government intrusion and malpractice, my other problem with this proposition lies in the fact that ISPs are mandated to accumulate and store their customers’ information for this or any other purpose other than simple billing. Sure, some companies already have privacy policies that allow for these measures, but the fact of the matter is that you should be able to expect a certain level of privacy from such a company. They say politics can make strange bedfellows … yeah, never mind. I think I’m just going to leave this figure of speech alone. — Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at dmullin5@utk.edu.

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Following the official end to the longest war in United States history on Dec. 15, a ray of peace shone through the clouds of conflict that had loomed over the international scene for the past decade. Subsequently, President Barack Obama announced massive cuts in military spending (an eventual $500 billion reduction to the defense budget). This seemed another promising sign of reduced military involvement abroad. However, unrest in the Middle East has brought the possibility of yet another controversial conflict. The actions of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the disturbing development of a nuclear program in the unstable country have been under intense scrutiny as tensions continue to surface between Israeli and Iranian leaders. A finger-pointing match between the two countries has ensued. The blame for the assassinations of several of Iran’s nuclear program scientists is being placed on Israel. On the other side, Israel is attempting to implicate Iran in terrorist acts against Israeli diplomats, including bombings targeting the country’s embassies in India and Georgia. If the dispute escalates into armed battle, the U.S. would likely be dragged into the fight in some capacity. This is the last thing we need right now. Our efforts right now need to be focused on cutting spending and giving our previously deployed troops a much needed and welldeserved rest. Then, there is the case of Homs. Bloodshed continues in Syria’s third-largest city, including the recent killings of two Western journalists (American-born Sunday Times of London correspondent Marie Colvin and French photographer Remi Ochlik). Cries for Western involvement are now resonating from the country separated from Iran by less than 500 km in parts, a short eastward journey through Northern Iraq. Meanwhile, a huge blunder by NATO forces in Afghanistan has made the situation even worse. The accidental burning of the Quran sparked rage to the east of Iran. Ongoing protests led to two American troops being killed by a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform, according to CNN. The Pentagon is also increasing U.S. naval and land-

based defenses in the Persian Gulf in an effort to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz, according to The Wall Street Journal. One of the most strategic straits of water in the world, it is imperative that trade continue through the narrow waterway. Nearly 25 percent of world’s oil supply passes through the strait on a daily basis, according to GlobalSecurity.org. All of these things seem to point toward one likely outcome: war. The five most active countries in current international issues all share a border with at least one of the others, creating a figurative fuse that when lit would ignite the world (from west to east: Israel, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan). The onset of another war in the Middle East would be the worst-case scenario for the accomplishment of both of those things. Soldiers who have been home only months could be turning around and heading right back to where they just came from. Military spending would most definitely not go down; if anything, the cost of a new war would increase the amount spent. As we near 70 years since the end of World War II, the likelihood of a third world war is far too high. An unfortunate fact is that as globalization increases, so too does the chance of a large-scale war erupting. After participating in one of the most divisive wars in our nation’s history, another war is the last thing this country needs. The formidable debt that our country is loaded down with needs to be dealt with first. That debt could further complicate the issue concerning an impending war. The U.S. currently owes China $1.16 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. A Feb. 14 meeting between Obama and the presumed future leader of China, Vice President Xi Jinping, was meant to ensure cooperation and mutual respect between the leaders of the global economy. Nonetheless, the two disagreed on the topic of human rights and Obama commented on the “increased responsibilities” that come with “expanding power and prosperity.” While there is no inkling of a conflict between the two countries, the question of China’s role in an international conflict can not be discounted. While we as a country are China’s biggest customer, China may not feel that indirectly funding our involvement in yet another war is in their best interest. As of right now, there is little we as citizens can do to stop the trend toward American involvement in yet another war. As history has shown, wars are almost always taking place somewhere, almost as dependable as death and taxes. Nonetheless, we can still hold out hope that for now, our armed forces can take a breather. — Ashton Smith is a sophomore in communications. He can be reached at ssmit192@utk.edu.


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Fiction: Identical, Pt. 5 Syria’s new constitution condemned by West by Olivia Cooper

The car drove past the automatic gates, the fountain and the hedges to park in front of the lake house. Its face was made with stone nobody had ever seen the likes of, and the greenery was perfectly trimmed. The car’s tires stopped in the deep gravel that composed the driveway and shut off. Craig emerged with an empty candy bar wrapper in his hand and set to staring at it as soon as the car door shut. Lisa locked the car doors and proceeded to the front door before noticing Craig’s behavior. “Sweetie, are you alright?” she asked. “It doesn’t burn,” Craig replied. The wrapper had shrunk from his heat vision, but was unharmed. Lisa put the house keys away and went to him. “It doesn’t have to,” she told him. “I think now is the best time to take a bow. Maybe look more into the adoption papers we got.” A click sounded from behind them. Lisa turned to find nobody there as Craig still stared helpless at the candy wrapper that had not gone up in flames at his will. “Or we can travel for a while; take the boat out into the open sea again? When was the last time we went to Atlantis?” Lisa continued. Two more clicks sounded closer. “Do you hear that?” she asked. Craig wasn’t listening. The candy bar had not even moved in his hand, it was just a crinkled up piece of plastic that would find its way into the trash. Three clicks sounded. “I think we should go inside now,” she told him in a worried tone. She finally caught a flash in the corner of her eye, a camera just ducked behind a bush that still shook from the movement. “Hey! I see you!” she yelled. “This is private property, you can’t be on this land.” Craig sighed and put the candy wrapper in his pocket. “Maybe it is time for me to hang up the cape,” he told her. It was in that instant that they were all on them. Lisa was pushed up against the side of the stone railing by microphones and cameras that seemed to come out of nowhere. People emerged from the fountain, behind trees and one under the car. They all had tape recorders, notebooks, and

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had on every color a polo shirt could have. Their voices seemed to melt together as they bombarded them. “Are you done, Mr. Perfect? Is it true you’re losing your powers, Mr. Perfect? Where will you be spending your retirement, Mr. Perfect? Mr. Perfect, can you comment on why you think you’re losing your powers?” Lisa stared at them in awe that they were literally pushing for answers. She looked over to Craig to see that this didn’t affect him at all, but that he had been watching her with a look of worry. It was then that he nodded and the two vanished, teleported through the crowd into their home where Lisa barely pulled back the curtain to see the mob realize what happened and turn to the front door as if the two would answer their knocking. “I think now is the perfect time for you to bow out, Monsieur Parfait,” a deep voice came from them. The Dauphin of Death emerged clothed in an 18th century military uniform and a pencil thin mustache that has grown considerably thin over the years and was now graying. He held an apple in his hand and a cutlass that he used as a cane. “I always favored my technology would win out over your natural abilities,” he told them as he motioned to a device clipped to his sash, “and now I find that I am correct, how delightful.” Craig jerked his head for Lisa to leave the room until the Dauphin of Death threw the half eaten apple at her head and was at her throat with the sword in a flash. “I want us all to chat together, comprende?” he whispered in her ear as he led her to a nearby chair. “We must catch up.” “Who told you?” Craig asked in panic, acutely aware of the cutlass on his wife’s neck. The Dauphin released her neck though and gestured out the window. “Why, Monsieur, you are the top story today,” he explained. Craig froze. Up until today, Lisa had been the only one to know. Miles away in a plaid recliner sat John turning the volume up on the television. He began to flip through the channels to discover the same breaking news bulletin on each one. “Mr. Perfect no more.” — Olivia Cooper is a senior in creative writing. She can be reached at ocooper@utk.edu.

women will hail you as heroes.” Other countries also lambasted the vote. “The referendum in Syria is nothing more than a farce,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said. “Sham votes cannot be a contribution to a resolution of the crisis. Assad must finally end the violence and clear the way for a political transition.” U.S., European and Arab officials met Friday at a major international conference on the Syrian crisis in Tunisia, trying to forge a unified strategy to push Assad from power. They began planning a civilian peacekeeping mission to deploy after the regime falls. “It is time for that regime to move on,” President Barack Obama said Friday of Assad’s rule. For his part, Assad said Sunday that Syria is subject to a “media attack.” He often blames the uprising on Islamist extremists and “armed gangs.” “They may be stronger on the airwaves but we are stronger on the ground, and we aspire to win both on the ground and on the airwaves,” he said in footage broadcast on Syrian state TV. Cheering supporters surrounded him and his wife, Asma, as they voted at the capital’s state broadcasting headquarters. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported intense clashes between troops and army defectors in the villages of Dael and Hirak in the province of Daraa, where the uprising started. The group also said explosions were heard in the village of Khirbet Ghazaleh and Naima as well as the provincial capital, Daraa. The Observatory and other activist groups reported violence in several areas including Idlib, Homs and the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. The two main umbrella opposition groups, the Syrian National Council and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, have called for a boycott. Other groups have called for a general strike.

The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s authoritarian regime held a referendum on a new constitution Sunday, a gesture by embattled President Bashar Assad to placate those seeking his ouster. But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a “sham.” Even as some cast ballots for what the government has tried to portray as reform, the military kept up shelling of the opposition stronghold of Homs, which has been under attack for more than three weeks after rebels took control of some neighborhoods there. Activists and residents report that hundreds have been killed in Homs in the past few weeks, including two Western journalists. The Red Cross spokesman said the humanitarian group had been unable to enter the besieged Homs neighborhood of Baba Amr since Friday, describing the humanitarian needs there as “very urgent.” Activist groups said at least 29 people were killed on Sunday, mostly in Homs. At least 89 were reported killed on Saturday alone, one day before the referendum. Activists estimate close to 7,500 people have been killed in the 11 months since the Assad regime’s brutal crackdown on dissent began. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Sunday’s vote “a cynical ploy.” “It’s a phony referendum, and it is going to be used by Assad to justify what he's doing to other Syrian citizens,” she said in an interview with CBS News in Rabat, Morocco. Speaking to reporters in Rabat, Clinton called on Syrians in business and the military who still support Assad to turn against him. “The longer you support the regime’s campaign of violence against your brothers and sisters, the more it will stain your honor,” she said. “If you refuse, however, to prop up the regime or take part in attacks ... your countrymen and

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SYRIA continued from Page 5 “I am boycotting the vote,” Syria-based activist Mustafa Osso told The Associated Press by phone. He added that previous “reforms” have made little difference. Assad’s government revoked the country’s official state of emergency in April, but the crackdown on dissent has only intensified. The referendum on the new constitution allows at least in theory for opening the country's political system. It would create a multiparty system in Syria, which has been ruled by the Baath party since it took power in a coup in 1963. Assad's father, Hafez, took power in another coup in 1970. It also imposes a limit of two seven-year terms on the president, though Syrian legal expert Omran Zoubi said Assad’s time in office so far wouldn't count. That means he could serve two more terms after his current one ends 2014, keeping him in office until 2028. Such changes would be unthinkable a year ago, but since Assad’s security forces have killed thousands in their effort to end the uprising, most opposition groups say they’ll accept nothing short of his ouster. In the capital Damascus, a regime stronghold where many in the business class and religious minorities support Assad, the Information Ministry took foreign reporters to visit polling stations. Many said they were eager to vote, though the proximity of government minders who accompanied journalists could have prevented them from speaking freely. “This is a good constitution.

It calls for party pluralism and the president can only hold the post for two terms. These did not exist in the past,” said civil servant Mohammed Diab, 40, who waited with four others to vote in the posh Abu Rummaneh neighborhood. Jaafar Naami, 28, who works for a private insurance company, said: “I am here to say yes for the new constitution. This is not the time to say no. People should unite.” Fewer voters turned out in the areas of Rukneddine and Barzeh, where anti-government protesters have recently demonstrated. In Barzeh, about 20 percent of shops were closed, apparently in compliance with the calls for a strike. Turnout was very low at a polling station in the area, with individuals trickling in to vote every few minutes. One man said he had come to vote at a center away from the district's center, where he said there was “pressure not to vote ... intimidation and calls for public disobedience.” He did not give his name for fear of reprisal. In Rukneddine, turnout in the morning was low, but picked up in the afternoon. Still, people cast ballots as they arrived with no need to stand in line. A Syrian-American voter who only gave her first name, Diana, said after voting yes: “My friends attacked me for voting. They said, ‘Don’t you see people are dying?’ But for me, voting is my right. The president is on the right track. When someone hits you, you have to hit back.” She added: “Syria is under attack.”

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Bluegrass opens doors for young musicians The Associated Press OWENSBORO, Ky. — A new program is teaching children about bluegrass music. Not only are the children learning to play instruments, they are also learning about a man who was a major influence in how the music sounds. The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro said it has joined forces with the Neblett Center on the Arnold Shultz String Music Project, the MessengerInquirer reported. The initiative begins March 1 and is aimed at teaching youths ages 7-10 how to play guitar, fiddle and mandolin. It will also highlight the life of Shultz, a black Ohio County musician who is sometimes called the “godfather of bluegrass” because of his influence on Bill Monroe. “This is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done,” Gabrielle Gray, the museum’s executive director, said at a news conference announcing the project. “Since I came here in 2002, I’ve been wanting to integrate the community more.” Neblett Center executive director Greg Black said the hope is to create a children’s bluegrass band that could play at the museum’s annual ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival in June. Museum market director Danny Clark said he would also offer banjo lessons if any children are interested.

“There’s nothing I love more than teaching children to play bluegrass,” Clark said. Gray said this would be the first tribute the bluegrass community has paid to Shultz. “There’s more to the African-American influence on bluegrass than the banjo,” she said. Shultz was born in 1886 and has been credited with putting the blues in bluegrass. He worked in the coal mines by day but by night he played guitar or fiddle at roadhouses and barn dances. In 1922, he joined a band headed by drummer Forrest “Boots” Faught and played for dances in Ohio and Muhlenberg counties. “It was a four-piece outfit then and Arnold made five,” Faught recalled in 1980. “He was the only colored man in the band. He was the first man I ever heard play lead on the guitar.” Faught said he got complaints about having a black fiddle player. “I told them, ‘You don’t hear color. You hear music’.” A couple of years later, Monroe began working with Shultz as a mandolin player at country dances. Before he died, Monroe talked about how much people loved hearing Shultz play music. Shultz died in 1931 in Morgantown from organic heart disease.

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Cathy Oler, senior in photography, works on a sheet during a class on papermaking in the Art & Architecture Building on Monday, Feb. 20. Papermaking lets students experience the entire process that goes into a single sheet, including pulp dyeing, casting, and sheet forming.


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Seniors lead Lady Vols Patrick MacCoon Staff Writer There was nothing but smiles on the faces of five Tennessee seniors after defeating the Florida Gators 7559 on Senior Day in their final regular season home game inside a packed house at Thompson-Boling Arena. The victory over the Gators for the No. 10 Lady Vols tasted a little like revenge, considering an unranked Florida team spoiled Tennessee’s Senior Day in 2006 when they knocked off then-No. 5 Lady Vols 95-93 in overtime. “It was a great crowd, a terrific crowd today, and a wonderful way to send our seniors out in style with a big win over a tough Florida team,” Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said after the game. For the first time this season, the 38th year head coach placed all five seniors in the starting lineup, which consisted of: Briana Bass, Vicki Baugh, Glory Johnson, Alicia Manning and Shekinna Stricklen. It also marked the eighth different starting lineup the Lady Vols have used this season. “Right now (the seniors are) our starting five unless it proves something different in practice the next couple of days,” Lady Vols associate head coach Holly Warlick said. “I’m excited for them. I’m not going to say it’s deadset, but it was a great group to start the game.” The seniors paced the way to victory by combining for 47 of the team’s 75 points. The Lady Vols trailed only once in the game — after the Gators opened the game with a 3-pointer. “All five of our seniors came ready to play and got off to a good start,” Summitt said. “That was really important for this team. I know they were excited and a little

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anxious, but I liked the way they got us going after they settled down.” Johnson and Manning combined for 12 of the team’s first 17 points, and Manning ’s 16-foot jumper put Tennessee up 17-8 with 11:30 left in the first half. The Lady Vols never looked back from there, outscoring the Gators 58-51 the rest of the way. Each finished with one of their best stat lines of the year, despite missing their season-highs in points total by one, as Johnson finished with 21 points and a teamhigh 10 rebounds, while Manning ended up with 11 points. The double-double for Johnson marked the 32nd of her career. “When Glory went to work today she gave her teammates so much confidence,” Summitt said. “Obviously, she is a difference-maker for our team. Glory is a handful when you are battling her on the boards.” With one minute left in the game and the Lady Vols leading comfortably 72-57, Summitt replaced the remaining seniors on the court, including Johnson, Manning and Stricklen, which drew tremendous applause from the home crowd. “It feels good,” Manning said. “It gets emotional. I’m going to miss playing with everybody here and having the fan support that we have here unlike any program in the country.” While the Lady Vols didn’t achieve their goal of winning the regular-season SEC title, finishing second behind Kentucky, they will set their sights on trying to win the SEC Tournament and making a deep run into the NCAA Tournament in March. The five Lady Vol seniors will determine a great amount of what happens the rest of the way for the team.

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Ryan Helms enters the pool during the first round of the SEC Diving Championships on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Helms was voted SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, adding to the title of SEC Diver of the Year bestowed upon him only a week prior.

Diamond Vols finish sweep over Seton Hall Staff Reports Tennessee raced out to a four-run lead in the first inning and kept the pressure on offensively all game while four Volunteer pitchers combined on a two-hitter to clinch the series sweep over Seton Hall with a 10-2 victory on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. “I think this was our best game of the year and I’m very proud of them for that,” Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano said. “In my mind, I keep trying to prepare them to not get complacent and I thought we got a little complacent in Saturday’s game, especially early on. I thought from the first pitch today we were prepared and ready to play.” Tennessee improves to 7-0 on the season, while the Pirates fall to 2-6. The seven straight wins mark the second-best start to a season in school history behind only an 8-0 start to the 2003 campaign. “[This team has] some mental toughness,” Serrano said. “They are feeling really good about themselves. They are enjoying the success and don't want it to go away. I am aware of reality, but why not ride this and continue to feel good about ourselves. You can't be good unless you feel good about what you are doing and we have a group of young men that has a goal in mind to be the best team they can be. They are proving it each and every day.” Junior Nick Blount improved to 2-0 on the season with six strong innings, allowing just two runs on two hits while inducing 13 groundball outs on the day. Freshmen Joseph Vanderplas and Conner Stevens and sophomore Dalton Saberhagen combined to throw three innings of relief to close out the contest. “The tone was set by Nick Blount,” Serrano said. “He came out and looked like he had really good stuff early on. He was in command, and if the score had not have gotten out of reach, he was only at 66 pitches. It was a great time to get some young guys in and get him out on a good note after 66 pitches. I was very happy with the defense and he set the tone for this team.” The UT pitching staff held the Pirates hitless the final six innings, retiring 19 of the final 20 Pirate hitters, including a stretch of 18 straight. The four hurlers combined to induce 16 groundball outs and threw firstpitch strikes to 24 of the 31 hitters that they faced.

"I'm really happy with the progress we have made on the mound," Serrano said. "They are committing to the plan and they are committing to the philosophy. I think they are starting to see the success on committing to letting your defense help you. This game is about strike one. I am happy about the way the arms are coming together and I'm trying to get as many guys experience as I can. I want a lot of guys to grow up because we are going to need every single guy we have possible to be successful.” At the plate, senior Zach Osborne was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, while freshman Jared Allen drove in three runs with a double and a run-scoring groundout. Junior Chris Fritts also added three RBIs, bringing in two on a triple and another on a basesloaded walk. Tennessee was ultra-aggressive on the basepaths all game, swiping a season high seven bases, including two each by Osborne and junior Drew Steckenrider. The Orange and White offense wasted little time getting going, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring on a bases-loaded walk, RBI groundout and a two-run double by Allen. The Pirates got two of the runs back in the top of the third, but the Vols had an immediate answer. After a leadoff double by Steckenrider in the bottom of the third, a hit batter and sac bunt put two on for Allen who collected his third RBI of the day with a groundout off the pitcher's glove to short. Tennessee got another leadoff hit in the fourth as Will Maddox opened the frame with a single through the left side before stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch. Osborne then brought him home with his third hit of the day, a single to left. Three batters later, with Osborne at third, the Vols put Steckenrider in motion early at first. The Pirates were unsuccessful in their attempt to pick him off and Osborne scampered home on the play to put the Big Orange up 7-2. UT continued to put its highpressure offense on display in the sixth inning, scoring three more runs with the benefit of just one hit, taking advantage of a bases-loaded walk and getting a two-RBI triple by Fritts to round out the day’s line score. For the most up-to-date information about Tennessee baseball, visit UTSports.com/baseball and follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Vols go wire-to-wire with Gamecocks, 73-64 Staff Reports COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Vols remained in a tie for fourth place in the SEC with a wire-towire win at South Carolina, 7364 on Saturday night. Tennessee never trailed in the game after opening the contest on a 3-pointer by Trae Golden 45 seconds into the contest. Golden led all scorers with 21 points as he hit double-figures for the seventh game in a row. The Vols (16-13, 8-6 SEC) defeated South Carolina for the 11th straight time and swept the season series for the ninth time in history since USC joined the SEC in 1991-92. South Carolina fell to 10-18 overall and 2-12 in the league. Tennessee has won six of seven games overall with two regular-season game remaining. Jordan McRae netted 16 points as he scored in doublefigures for the fourth time in five games showing off a lateseason scoring surge. McRae also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Jeronne Maymon had his 10th game in a row in double-figures with 14 points. Cameron Tatum had a wellrounded game with nine rebounds, one off his careerhigh and a career-high tying six assists to go along with five points including his first road SEC 3-pointer of the season. Bruce Ellington tallied 19 points. Malik Cooke led the Gamecocks with 17 points and 10 rebounds. A Jarnell Stokes one-handed dunk off a no-look feed from

Cameron Tatum gave the Vols a 13-point bulge at 59-46 with 6:54 left in regulation. Then Skylar McBee canned a 3-pointer to finish a 10-2 run giving UT a 62-46 lead with 6:17 left in the game. Tennessee opened the second half with a 10-2 run to take a 44-34 lead with 15 minutes left in the game on a fastbreak tip-in by McRae. South Carolina made a late run in the first half to cut the halftime score to 34-32 in the Vols’ favor. The Gamecocks outscored UT 16-7 over the final 5:42 to get back within two points at intermission. Ellington had six of his 10 firsthalf points in the spurt. McRae netted 11 points and Maymon had 10 points in the first half as the Vols shot 50 percent (14-of-28) in the first half. Tennessee jumped out to a 20-9 lead 10 minutes into the game as Cameron Tatum tipped in a rebound. Maymon made his first five field goal attempts of the game with his fifth bucket giving Tennessee a 24-16 lead with 7:58 left in the first half. A 3-pointer by McRae regained an 11-point lead at 2716 before the Gamecocks made a late-half run. Tennessee plays its final regular-season road game of the year at LSU on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. That game airs on CSS and the Vol Network. The Vols return home for their regular-season finale on Saturday, March 3 as Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt at 4 p.m., in an ESPN-televised game.

Tia Patron • The Daily Beacon

Trae Golden floats a shot over a South Carolina defender during a game in Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Golden led in scoring with 21 points as the Vols won for the 11th straight time over the Gamecocks, 73-64.

Softball goes 4-1 at Leadoff Classic Staff Reports On Sunday afternoon at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., the No. 9 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (10-3) got another complete-game shutout effort from sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe and a three-run home run by junior second baseman Lauren Gibson in recording a 5-0 victory over Massachusetts. During the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Tennessee hit .338 as a team while posting a 41 record and out-scoring its five opponents by a total of 24-4. Renfroe improved to a perfect 8-0 for the year by scattering five hits and striking out four over seven innings of work. The Jackson, Tenn., native completed the event with a 3-0 record, a 0.56 ERA and 25 K’s in 25 total frames on her way to Most Valuable Pitcher honors. At the plate Gibson was a perfect 2-for-2 with a steal against the Minutewomen while blasting her sixth HR of the season. The

Pasadena, Md., product lifted her season average to .405 and currently leads the Big Orange with 17 RBIs. Junior third baseman Raven Chavanne, chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the NFCA Leadoff Classic, was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases, marking her fifth-straight game with at least two hits and boosting her overall average to a staggering .632 (12-for-19) following her initial weekend of play in 2012. Junior designated player Kat Dotson was 1-for-2 at the plate against UMass with an RBI single. “Karen (Co-Head Coach Weekly) and I were very proud of our team today,” Lady Vol CoHead Coach Ralph Weekly said. “We didn’t come out fired up in the first game of the tournament and lost to a good Winthrop team that’s been in NCAA Regionals before. We kind of challenged them after that loss, and they really stepped up. We’re really pleased with our effort today against an All-American pitcher in UMass’ Sara Plourde, because she had shutout Georgia Tech and Michigan already this season. We had a good game plan entering today.

The game plan worked and the speed game worked. Lauren Gibson’s big home run in the sixth inning gave Ellen a cushion, and she brought it home.” In the top of the first, Massachusetts received a two-out bloop single to center off the bat of right fielder Katie Bettencourt. The base runner didn't faze Renfroe, however, as the 6-0 right-hander posted a pair of strikeouts during the opening frame, including one of designated player Lindsay Webster to finish off the inning. The UT speed game was off and running, opening the bottom of the first as Chavanne dropped a perfect bunt single out in front of the plate and quickly swiped second to move into scoring position. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native took advantage of a wild pitch from UMass starter Sara Plourde to race into third and was joined on the base paths via walk by senior catcher Ashley Andrews. Infield confusion on a steal attempt of second granted Chavanne the opportunity to roll home from 60 feet away for a 1-0 lead. A single off the bat of Gibson set the stage for a long sacrifice fly from

Dotson as Andrews scored to improve the Lady Vol advantage to 2-0. With Renfroe in control from the circle, senior right fielder Shelby Burchell attempted to get the Big Orange offense going again in the bottom of the second by battling to draw a fivepitch lead-off walk. With one down Chavanne moved the runner up 60 feet on a sac bunt where she was soon joined on the base paths by Andrews and Gibson via free passes. With the bags packed and two retired, sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman lifted a ball into foul ground that was caught on a terrific leaping catch at the top of an eight-foot dugout fence by UMass catcher Stephanie Mayne as UT left the bags packed. The Minutewomen immediately took advantage of the momentum from the “web gem,” getting a lead-off infield single from center fielder Christine Della Vecchia and a stolen base. Shipman made a couple of solid plays on tough chances at short and Renfroe posted her third strikeout of the match-up to hold the runner 60 feet from paydirt.

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